Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Plugged in: A focused look at parents' use of smartphones among children 2-5 years of age
by Boddum, Megan R., M.A., Mills College, 2013, 47; 1538383
Abstract (Summary)

Personal handheld media use, in particular the smartphone has increased in the last few years. Research has highlighted the increase of smartphone use among elementary age children but there is little information about how younger children use this tool and how parents feel about using technology with preschoolers. The purpose of this study was to investigate how preschool age children use the smartphone and to further explore parents' perceptions of this popular form of technology. The current study surveyed 141 parents about their practices and beliefs regarding their preschooler's smartphone use. Results revealed that preschoolers' smartphone use is prevalent, that the smartphone is being used for various purposes, and that parents have positive as well as negative feelings about their children's use. These results support the need for future research on the role of technology in very young children's learning.

Keywords: Smartphone, digital media, mobile technology, preschool children

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kroll, Linda, Shimpi, Priya, Greer, Sandra C.
Commitee: Kroll, Linda R., Shimpi, Priya M.
School: Mills College
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, Early childhood education
Keywords: Digital media, Mobile technology, Preschool children, Smartphone
Publication Number: 1538383
ISBN: 978-1-303-11397-0
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